The Reappearance of
Śrī Śrī Rādhā – Mādhava
The Discovery of the Ancestral Deities of
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
The song “Jaya Radha-Madhava” written by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was a favourite of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who would sing it every day just before his public lectures.
A Brief History
Five hundred years ago Krishnananda Dutta, a disciple of Lord Nityananda Prabhu and a wealthy landowner, worshiped deities of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in his home in Andul. After his retirement from family affairs, Krishnananda Dutta moved to the holy place Jagannatha Puri in Orissa, where he continued worshiping Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.
The King Donated an Entire Village
After some time he met the feudal king of Ali State, who was impressed with Krishnananda’s spiritual qualities. The king invited him to live in his state, and donated an entire village, named Chhoti (formerly called Chhoti Mangalpur), to the worship of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava. The descendants of Krishnananda Dutta worshiped Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in Chhoti from generation to generation. Eventually the worship passed into the hands of his descendent Kedaranath Dutta (1838-1914), who is well known to all Gaudiya Vaisnavas as Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Unfortunately, after his son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, departure from this world, the worship became neglected, and the Deities resided in a house unknown to the whole of the Gaudya Vaisnava community.
Professor Sripad Dr. Fakir Mohan Das Prabhu
A Dedicated Researcher
However, Dr. Fakir Mohan Das, a childhood friend of Srila Gour Govinda Swami, who is a research scholar and professor at Utkal University in Bhubaneswar and one of Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s spiritual descendants, came across the information Bhaktivinode Thakura left in his autobiography about his connection with Chhoti. Starting in 1982, Sripad Dr. Fakir Mohan Das prabhu visited Chhoti whenever he had the opportunity, and through painstaking research he eventually uncovered and published the facts about the history of the place for the benefit of the Gaudiya Vaisnava community.
His Grace Sripad Fakir Mohan Prabhu, is a Gaudiya Vaisnava, is a naistika brahmachari, chants one lakh of the holy name everyday, wears white, does not initiate and preaches to one and all.
Srila Gour Govinda Swami Prophesied
He Will Surely Establish the Real Truth
Srila Gour Govinda Swami said about Sripada Fakir Mohan Das on September 2, 1993, the 155th anniversary of the birth of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura the following: “Chhoti is the sripat, native place, of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and he resided there. Having been decorated with the dust of Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s lotus feet, this is a very sacred place, but most people have not known about it. This place is now coming to everyone’s notice because of the blessings of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Getting the strength of that blessing, the research scholar Dr. Fakir Mohan Das has been working to reveal this place to the world. Without such blessings, no one can do this work. Sripad Fakir Mohan Das may face much opposition, but after resisting this opposition strongly, he will surely establish the real truth.”
Every Kartika in Vrindavan
In 1999, a supercyclone destroyed many villages in Orissa, and Chhoti was also severely affected. In one of the houses, deities of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna became visible. Someone informed Dr. Fakir Mohan Das about it. When he saw the neglected deities he understood that They were the ancestral deities of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur. Presently Their Lordships are being worshiped in the Sri Radha Nikunja Bihari Ashram in nearby Isvarapur part of Kendrapara, the district headquarters, pending the construction of a new temple for Them in Choti. Re-establishing the worship of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in Chhoti is developing under the guidance of the International Thakur Bhaktivinoda and Thakur Bhaktisiddhanta Memorial Trust. Currently, every Kartika month, Sri Sri Radha-Madhava appear out of Their causeless mercy on the altar of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar in the ISKCON-temple Sri Sri Krishna Balarama mandir in Vrndavana Dhama.
A Website for Sri Sri Radha-Madhava
In late January 2013 the following website will be active to support the temple construction project of professor Sripad Dr Fakir Mohan Das prabhu. The website will contain many images and also lectures by professor Sripad Dr Fakir Mohan Das prabhu. There will also be the possibility for everyone who would like to donate towards this very important project which is a highlight in the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society.
For more detailed information please read the booklet below, The Reappearance of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava – The Discovery of the Ancestral Deities of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura” and the booklet with the drawings of the Sri Sri Radha-Madhava temple project.